Aran Zalewski has come agonisingly close to becoming an Olympic gold medallist, as his Kookaburras ended their Tokyo 2020 campaign in heart-breaking fashion. The Margaret River product could only watch on as his side lost a cut-throat one-on-one shootout to European powerhouse Belgium, after their gold medal match finished 1-1 — collecting silver medals. In doing so, he becomes the only South West athlete to win a medal at these games. Zalewski, pictured, who arrived back in Perth with the Australian team yesterday, said the tournament had left him exhausted. “Of course, I’m struggling, I’m pretty exhausted as well,” Zalewski said. The co-captain also said the Games, which were his second, felt different with the lack of spectators. “It was a real shame we didn’t have any fans, friends and family here,” he said. "I know they offer so much support for us players and keep us really grounded at tournaments like this, when we’re away from home for so long. “I know they'll be super proud of us.” The Kookaburras were put on the back foot early in the gold medal match with Belgium moving the ball at pace, but neither side could find the net in the first half. Florent van Aubel made the breakthrough for the Red Lions with a nice piece of work at the legs of Aussie keeper Andrew Charter shortly after half-time. But in scenes reminiscent of their triumph in Athens 17 years ago, Australia equalised late on, with a shot on goal by Zalewski knocked up by a defender and dabbed home by fellow West Australian Tom Wickham. But unlike Athens, this one would have no extra-time, with new rules meaning the game would be decided in a shootout. When Blake Govers missed his opening one-on-one effort, it became a battle for the Aussies, and despite Charter making one save, Belgium took an early lead in the shootout. Despite a momentary reprieve thanks to a video review, Jake Whetton’s miss meant Belgium won their first ever hockey gold.